Losing the Deadweight: Going Car-Free – Part 1


Quintessential Automotive Americana

By Troy Rank

The American automobile. A symbol of prosperity, freedom, and the American dream.

Whitewalls, fins, and a four barrel carburetor are practically synonymous with the colors red white and blue.

Truth be told it is not 1955 anymore, and America’s ambivalence to automobiles has long since waned.

However, it’s absolutely true that as American’s we still love our cars.

After-all, the entire landscape of our fair nation has been constructed, almost exclusively for the almighty motorcoach. To the mainstream, it’s absolutely the case that all other modes of transportation have been deemed either novelty or strictly recreational.

Then why have I, a man of relatively affluent means chosen to live without one for several years? Is it some kind of religious perversion that keeps me from accepting my one-ton of rolling American destiny? Almost.

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Touring Europe on eBikes – Why We Decided to Electrify

ebike touring europeBy Anne Poe

If you have read any other pages in our website, www.hikingbikingadventures.com,  you have seen that we have often chosen to pursue challenging “holidays”.

The website stories start in 1984, our very first adventure, when we bicycled from Costa Rica to Peru and tried to bike through the infamous Darien Gap of Panama.

Thirty-one years and multiple adventure holidays later, we are now both in our 70’s.  [Read more…]

The Electric Bike: Your Next Family Vehicle

Yuba electric cargo bikeBy Paul Willerton.

We live in an incredible age. With the convergence of the bicycle, electric power and technology, suddenly human beings have the the ability to feel what’s it’s like to become “bionic”.

Not only that, but the price of becoming bionic comes at a price tag in just the low to mid four figures. The gateway is wide open for those who want the amazing feeling and freedom electric assist bicycles provide. [Read more…]

Your Ugly Bike is a Badge of Honor

Troy RankBy Troy Rank of Maxwell Motorbikes.

Scars: Last Saturday I woke up, threw some pans on the stove, turned on the burners, and took a quick trip to the bathroom. When I returned the kitchen was filled with smoke.

In an unfortunate knee-jerk reaction, I yanked both pans off the stove  and splashed smoking hot bacon grease, all over my left hand.

Why should you care about my Kentucky Fried fingers? [Read more…]

Rediscovering Cycling After a Setback (It’s Better Than Ever)

John Thomson Haibike Superrace 1By Paul Willerton.

If we’re lucky to live long enough, we get to experience a nice long revolution of the circle of life. Watch grand children grow. Pass on hard earned wisdom to others. Feel our bodies slow down.

Wait. What? Feel our bodies slow down? “Time and tide wait for no man.” That relentless march of time eventually claims us all, cyclists included. Growing older can make riding a bike a lot less fun.

I’ve always felt that riding a bike, any bike, is a celebration of life. Regardless of age, a rider young in spirit travels farther and with less effort.

The bicycle has now answered the age old question of whether or not we actually have to slow down. As long as our minds are sharp enough to process speed and motion, our hearts and legs can carry us there in speed and style on an e-bike. Seeing riders take advantage of this has been one of the great discoveries of [Read more…]

Welcome to the World of Electric Bikes

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

If you are new to electric bikes then this article will help you get a quick understanding of what electric bikes are all about.

You will learn about;

  • the reasons to have an e-bike,
  • how fast and how far they go,
  • how much they cost,
  • the different types of e-bikes,
  • what the future of e-bike looks like,
  • and how to checkout electric bikes in your town/city.

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European Electric Bike Tour: The Perks of Riding an E-Bike – Part 2

european electric bike tour bike signThis is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike. Here is Part 1.

E-bikes are very popular all over Europe and many of the myriad of bike tour operators offer an e-bike option, usually at an additional cost, but obviously there aren’t too many unsupported tourers using e-bikes as yet, but for me, this has been a positive.

My e-bike attracts a great deal of interest and this in turn often helps me out.

On (attempting) to leave Croatia some days ago I rode down a [Read more…]

European Electric Bike Tour: Not All Who Wander Are Lost – Part 1

european electric bike tour 1This is a guest post from Grant Walter who is currently touring Europe on his electric bike.

My idea of a good vacation is to take my bike somewhere different for a month or so and ride, mostly solo, mostly unsupported.

Over the years I’ve taken my bike all over the world, but it’s becoming harder and harder to take a bike on a plane and as I’m an Australian, there’s no viable alternative to flying.

Now that I’ve retired from full-time work I have more time to enjoy bike touring but also less reason to incur the stress involved in flying with a bike, so this time, I left my bike at home and bought a new bike when I arrived in Europe. [Read more…]

The Copenhagen Electric Bike Share Program: Bycyklen [VIDEOS]

Copenhagen electric bike share program station 2Leave it to Copenhagen, Denmark to launch a highly advanced electric bike sharing program!

Their new e-bike share program offers a look at the future of urban transportation for the rest of us.

The Bycyklen e-bike share program provides a way for Copenhagen commuters to use the bikes for their whole commute or to use them for the first/last mile connection when used with mass transit.

They are also promoting the program to tourists as a fun way to get around and experience the city in true Copenhagen [Read more…]

Survey Says: Electric Bikes Enable More People to Ride Bikes, More Often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often! Photo credit to Turbo Bob.

The results are in from a recent electric bike survey: 55% of those surveyed had ridden a traditional bike weekly or daily.  That jumped to 93% after they bought an e-bike!

6% of those surveyed had not ridden a bike as an adult.  With an electric bike, 89% of those now ride daily or weekly!

Those are just a few of the stats from an e-bike survey that was directed by John MacArthur, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).  John is also a research associate at  [Read more…]